In a setback for the U. The latest figures are included in an anonymous Pentagon survey conducted every two years that estimates the "prevalence," or rate, of sexual assault in the military. Sexual assault is defined as rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses. In , Pentagon officials were encouraged by the significant drop in the estimate of sexual assaults to 14, in that year's survey, but they now acknowledge that they will have to adjust their prevention efforts in light of the new report. This year's survey found that the number of estimated sexual assaults had risen to 20,, almost the same number of 20, estimated in the survey. Overall the survey found a 44 percent increase in the number of female victims of sexual assault from 4.
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Elected officials and Pentagon leaders have tended to focus on the thousands of women who have been preyed upon while in uniform. But over the years, more of the victims have been men. On average, about 10, men are sexually assaulted in the American military each year, according to Pentagon statistics. Overwhelmingly, the victims are young and low-ranking. Many struggle afterward, are kicked out of the military and have trouble finding their footing in civilian life.
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Sexual harassment in the military is unwanted sexual behaviour , which is defined as threatening, offensive, or otherwise upsetting to others in a military setting. The behaviour is more common in the military than in civilian life. Women are substantially more likely than men to experience sexual harassment in the armed forces.
At the end of , Lt. Angela Bapp told her commanding officer that someone in her Army unit raped her. The Army started an investigation into the assault.